Society

VARD has a long tradition in contributing to the society through funding and activities.
We see social contributions as a strength in terms of taking positively part in the social development and showing responsibility towards the societies that we are a part of.​
 
Typical activities supported by VARD are:
  • * Welfare and social development, typically in communities where we are present
  • * Education: School projects and scholarships
 
VARD’s presence and operations in developing countries brings extra awareness to our role in the societies we are a part of. We see social contributions in the local context, considering government systems, laws and ethics as well as specific needs. In particular, we see the important role education and training plays as a method for social development and aid.
For a number of years we have had a strategic cooperation with local schools and universities. We in VARD find it important to develop awareness of who we are and what we do, already from young age. As an example, we sometimes invite kindergartens to our yards. We are also committed to local schools (pupils aged 6-19) where we can facilitate learning processes through involvement in school projects, practical learning situations, apprenticeships and as invited guest speakers/teachers. Sometimes our educational commitments also involve funding.  ​
 
Together with schools and other educational institutions, we have developed new courses, i.e. within international business and technical subjects. At university/college level, we have developed a master program in cooperation with the University College of Aalesund.
 
In September 2010, we announced that we co-sponsor a professorship at the University College of Aalesund. The position focus on environmentally responsible business practices and technologies.
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